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Participants of the EFC Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe 2021

The program which is focused on leaders in philanthropy, is implemented by the Center for Philanthropy Development of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and the European Foundation Centre

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The European Foundation Centre and the Vladimir Potanin Foundation have announced the names of participants in the exchange program Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe, which will take place from March to June 2021. 

The program will be attended by 10 participants from Russia: 

  • Elena Chulkova, Deputy head of the analytical Department, Moscow State Budget Organization “Moscow House of Not-for-profit Organizations” (Co-working Center for NGOs), Moscow;

  • Snezhana Frantsuzova, Project lead, Partnership for Community Foundations, Penza;

  • Elena Feldman, Chair of the Central Committee, Interregional Jewish Women’s Non-Governmental Organization «Project Kesher», Tula;

  • Ekaterina Kazorina, Project manager, Nonprofit foundation for social development assistance Primorskiy kray "Energiya Uchastiya", Vladivostok;

  • Varvara Korovina, General manager, Russian Association of creators of inclusive art, Moscow;

  • Alexei Kurnosov, Social projects manager, Center for Civil Analysis and Independent Research (GRANI Center) Foundation, Perm;

  • Anna Shilova, Сhief Financial Officer and Member of the Governing Board, ANO «Dream League», Moscow;

  • Ekaterina Tyatyushkina, Deputy Director, Foundation for Supporting People with Disabilities “Labyrinth 42”, Kemerovo;

  • Victoria Vyakhoreva, Head of communications, Company group Philin Philgood, Moscow;

  • Kira Yankelevich, Director, Charity Fund  “Beautiful Children in the Wonderful World”, Moscow;


and 10 participants from other countries:

  • Ayşegül Bayar Hildgen, Programs Coordinator, Sabancı Foundation, Turkey;

  • Daniela Castagno, Head of Institutional partnerships, Fondazione Con Il Sud, Italy;

  • Antoaneta Ivanova, Regional Program Manager, Balkan Green Foundation, Kosovo;

  • Jennie Jeffery, Partnerships and Events Manager, The Funding Network, UK;

  • Zoya Lukyanova, Deputy Department Coordinator, MitOst e.V., Germany;

  • Chiara Mannoni, Responsible for Youth Training, Fondazione CR Firenze, Italy;

  • Joy Morozov, Senior Manager, International Partnerships, Light for the World, Austria;

  • Hilal Tekmen, Resource Mobilization Coordinator, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, The Netherlands;

  • Anna Tramonti, Philanthropy Unit Coordinator, AVSI Foundation, Italy;

  • Christo Velkov, Vice President  Strategic Development, Special Olympics, Belgium.


All in all, 32 applications for the participation in the program were received. Moscow, St.-Petersburg and Perm are in the lead, accounting for 68% of all applications in Russia. Among foreign candidates, most applications came from the Netherlands and Italy.

The program which is focused on leaders in philanthropy, is implemented by the Center for Philanthropy Development of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and the European Foundation Centre in two editions. The first edition took place in 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The second edition with new participants will take place in a hybrid format (online and offline*) from March to June 2021. Particular attention will be paid to the challenges and themes arising from the pandemic: emerging practices in philanthropy and crisis leadership; community regeneration and economic recovery; the digitalization of philanthropy and the pandemic as a driver of digital transformation; the future of education and the role of philanthropy in the development of education in the new realities.

The program has traditionally included a variety of work formats. However, based on feedback from graduates of the previous program edition program it was decided to give participants more space for mutual dialogue and direct peer-to-peer transfer of experience.

Oksana Oracheva, General Director, Vladimir Potanin Foundation: «The previous experience has shown that our participants establish strong professional contacts with each other which are developing beyond the program. This is one of the most important outcomes we strive for. After all it is the constant process of communication and experience transfer that helps today's NGO leaders stay one step ahead. The second group of participants selected for this year's exchange program consists of bright professionals from Russia and Europe. We are sure that they will find many points of contact and get intellectual and emotional charge from communication and open dialogue with their colleagues from the non-profit sector.»

Delphine Moralis, Chief Executive, European Foundation Centre: «I look forward to meeting and welcoming new fellows to the PLP community, which continues to thrive and expand in terms of geographical and topical diversity. In uncertain times, the opportunity to come together, exchange practices, thoughts and concerns and learn together is of critical importance. We may be adapting to the 'new normal', but supportive learning and sharing within our community are perennial values.»

*The decision of holding the final module of the program in offline format will be made taking into account the epidemiological situation in Russia and in the world.

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